Monday, December 11, 2023

Inculcating scientific temperament among school children

Jamshedpur, Aug. 24: A batch of 64 students of Std IX and X from R.N Foundation Little Heart School, Parmarthnagar, Jamshedpur, accompanied by eight teachers Amit Agrawal, Mr Binod Kumar, Brajesh Kumar Panigarhi, Tapan Gosh, Heera Muni Hembram, Gourav Chatterjee Reena Sardar, Mili Gosh visited CSIR-NML, Jamshedpur and interacted with the scientists and research fellows this morning under the aegis of School- NML interactive programme (SNIP) in collaboration with NASI, Jharkhand Chapter. The students were thrilled to visit the laboratory and interact with the working groups.

The programme was scheduled for five hours, which comprised of an overview of Indian Science and Technology, Documentary film show on CSIR and NML separately, visit to NML Museum / Archive and selective units of the laboratory to have an exposure of modern laboratory research environment. Dr. N.G. Goswami, Coordinator of the programme, gave an overview of Indian S&T scenario and particularly role played by CSIR and NML in the services of the Nation .

He elaborated on why one should take up a career in science and how he can contribute towards the developments of the society. Dr P.N. Mishra, Principal Scientist highlighted on the different activities carried out at CSIR-NML. The students expressed their feelings, asked numbers of question, and got clarified doubts from the scientists.

“I came to know about many new aspects of science and technology which I barely knew earlier”, said Praveen Mahato, a student of Std. IX after the laboratory visit.

The students expressed their excitement and happiness over the laboratory visit as well as interaction with the scientists and research scholars. In fact, they were thrilled while visiting the labs and looking at the practical set ups.

Kinu Ram Hembram said, “I came to know about new things here like CSIR involved in research on medicines and develop product for malaria disease.

Ankit Kishore expressed that the lab visit was helpful in improving the thought processes and expressed to pursue research in CSIR.

Ankit Kumar, Ms Geeta Guiya Dutta, Mr Mukesh Tudu were impressed to see the cleanness of the Laboratory.

Nagen Hansda, said, “The visit to the laboratory helped me to know in depth about different types of ores, minerals, metals, rocks, and how they are extracted and used”.

Another student, Sukhmohan Singh Kuntia said, “We are thrilled to know about CSIR lab’s contribution in the introduction of the testing of contaminated water and specially removal of arsenic.

During the interactive session at the museum, a number of students raised different issues relating to minerals, ores, origin of coal, the evolutionary history behind the formation of metals, etc.

The contribution of CSIR-NML was demonstrated at museum with the help of wall mounted pictorials, metals products and sample of ores, minerals, and metals.

Most of the students said that the interaction was very informative and brought in a lot of motivation for them.

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